Your buying guide and the prices for building sand

The term construction sand includes the different sands used in construction activities. Depending on the application, washed or unwashed construction sands are required. Before making a purchase, you should always make inquiries as to which building project is the most suitable for your construction.

Different types of building sand

Building sand covers every need for sand during construction activities. The subcategories describe the purpose of use.

  • Cleaning sand for mixing plaster
  • Masonry sand for mixing mortar and concrete
  • Fill sand for bagging cavities
  • Screed sand for the production of screed floors
  • Joint sand for grouting
  • Patch sand as underground bed

Every building sand can be a washed sand or just sieved. With the sieving, the grain sizes are mixed or removed in order to obtain the ideal building sand for the respective task.

The higher the quartz content, the higher the density of the sand. As a result, it gains in stability, which is important for traffic-stressed subsoil, for example.

Sand types and delivery

Building sand is divided into three main groups, which are based on the grain size:

  • Fine sand has grain sizes of 0.063 to 0.2 millimeters
  • Medium sand has grain sizes of 0.2 to 0.63 millimeters
  • Coarse sand has grain sizes between 0.63 to 2 millimeters

Every sand with particle sizes below 0.063 millimeters is silty, all sands with grains from 2 millimeters are gravel. There are also grain blends that consist of sand and gravel sizes such as a building sand with grains from zero to 32 millimeters.

Price examples for Bausand

1 cubic meter of filling sand not frost-proof as bulk material
about 4 EUR
1 cubic meter of filling sand frost-proof as bulk material
about 7 EUR
1 ton of washed construction sand (grain size 0-2 mm) as bulk material
about 30 EUR
1 ton of screened building sand (grain size 0-8 mm) as bulk material
about 25 EUR

Tips & Tricks

If the building sand is stored outdoors at the point of sale, you should consider the time of purchase. If it has rained for a long time, the sand is heavier, and since it is sold by weight, you pay more in this case than for the same amount of dry construction sand.

Video Board: Material Required for Building Construction (1000 sq ft)